News: Lil Wayne & Beyonce Land On Top 50 Highest Grossing Tours Of 2009 List

Monday, Jan 4, 2010 6:10PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Grammy-winners Lil Wayne and Beyonce Knowles have earned spots on the 2009 listing of highest grossing tours.

Dominated with mostly rock/pop acts like U2 and Elton John, Wayne's tours slightly out-grossed Knowles.

For all of the financial troubles of 2009, the concert business had an up year. The numbers for the Top 50 tours were better, across the board, than for 2008, be it total gross revenue or tickets sold. This year, U2 (No. 1, $123 million), Springsteen (No. 2, $94.5 million), Chesney (No. 6, $71.1 million), Jonas Brothers (No. 7, $69.8 million), DMB and "Walking With Dinosaurs" all topped the million mark. Newcomers to the list include Lil' Wayne at No. 26 with $32.1 million. Beyonce opened at No. 34 with $26.4 million. (Pollstar)

Wayne's tour profits for 2008 to 2009 placed him ahead of both Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Seventy-eight Lil Wayne headlining arena and amphitheater concerts in North America from Dec. 14, 2008, through Sept. 6, 2009, grossed approximately $42 million and drew nearly 804,000 fans, according to Lil Wayne tour producer and tour business manager Shawn Gee. The second highest-grossing rap tour that Billboard has tracked was Jay-Z's 2008 jaunt with Mary J. Blige, which grossed $34.6 million and drew 310,694 concertgoers to 28 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. Kanye West's 2008 Glow In the Dark tour comes in third, having pulled in $30.8 million from 49 concerts that attracted 507,853 fans. (Billboard)

Young Money's Gudda Gudda recently hinted at a tour taking place last month.

"Definitely got a tour starting, supposed to be anywhere in between the 10th and the 14th of next month," he explained in an interview. "Its a Young Money/Cash Money tour. I ain't even catch the dates on it yet, I just know we goin' out on tour, when the albums drop. I'm pretty sure it's gonna be either as big or bigger [than last summer's tour.] We don't take two steps back, you know every time we do something we try to keep moving forward, more progress every time we do something. So, definitely might be either bigger, if not on the same level as one of the others. But its definitely gonna be a big tour." (New Lil Wayne)

The rapper's current tour is scheduled to end next weekend.

Lil Wayne and Young Money's tour dates, according to their rep: » 12/17 - Hidalgo, TX @ Dodge Arena » 12/18 - Laredo, TX @ Laredo Entertainment Center » 12/20 - Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center » 12/26 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena » 12/28 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena » 12/31 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Arena » 1/1 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Arena » 1/2 - Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Convention Center » 1/5 - Beaumont, TX @ Ford Park Arena » 1/6 - Austin, TX @ Travis County Expo » 1/7 - Allen, TX @ Allen Events Center » 1/8 - Lafayette, LA @ Cajun Dome » 1/9 - Little Rock, AR @ Alltell Arena » 1/10 - Southaven, MS @ Desoto Civic Center (MTV)

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